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Monthly Archives: June 2019
Montreal’s new tourism minister wants to spend $250m on a new Olympic Stadium roof, just like old tourism minister
What do you get for a stadium that’s already had one retractable roof replaced by a non-retractable roof when the original retractable roof failed to retract? How about a new (possibly retractable) roof!
“It’s time we gave prestige and standing back to the Olympic Park and the Olympic Stadium,” [Québec Tourism Minister Caroline] Proulx told reporters at a news conference. “For too long it has been not loved or under-loved by Quebecers.”…
“We will be working on replacing the roof, it is mandatory to change the roof,” Proulx said. “We will change the roof. The business plan will be tabled in the next few months.”
This is not the first we’ve heard of Montreal’s Olympic Stadium getting a new roof — a year and a half ago, the previous tourism minister floated spending about $250 million on one, which at the time I called “just madness.” There are certainly times when stadiums need repairs — for Olympic Stadium, this has historically been “pretty much always” — but spending $250 million on a new roof, retractable or otherwise, is a hella expensive way to provide “standing and prestige,” especially when past roofs have only resulted in scandal and ridicule. MORE
The 2019 International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) women’s football world cup is underway in France with 24 countries participating in the games. The world cup will end on July 7. Host country France won the first match of the eighth edition of the world cup against South Korea. Canada has won its first two matches. Continue reading
Attention baseball fans, the Cuban national baseball team has cleared up its visa problems and will be in the capital against the Ottawa Champions this weekend.
The popular team’s three-game stand against the Champs at RCGT Park Friday, Saturday and Sunday kicks off a 15-game, 17-day series against Can Am league teams in Canada and the U.S. Continue reading
(June 9) – The Venezuelan national football team stunned their United States counterpart on Sunday with a confidence-boosting victory of 3-0 in a friendly match in Cincinnati, as part of preparatory games for Copa America 2019. Continue reading
The Nike Air Force 1 shoe carried a multi-coloured, swirling pattern which claimed to be a tribute to Puerto Rico, featuring a graphic representing the country’s native Coqui frog.
Australia’s first Aboriginal Minister for Indigenous Affairs Ken Wyatt says changing the anthem is not something he supports at this stage because there are more pressing problems.
A second Indigenous player who is scheduled to participate in the upcoming State of Origin series – an annual rugby league series – has spoken out against the composition of the country’s national anthem. Continue reading